Brothers charged with excavating American WWII bomber without permit

Published on July 4th, 2009 | by Admin


A pair of brothers from Alberta, Canada, have been charged with excavating the remains of a B-26 Marauder, at the bottom of a lake in the Yukon Territory, without a permit.

Now, the warbird’s fate is up in the air, again, caught in a power struggle between the brothers who say they have rightfully salvaged it, and the territorial government that says the plane is its to keep.

“That airplane has been there for 67 years on the bottom of the lake, all the steel parts have disintegrated and all that’s left is the aluminum,” said John Jasman, 48, in a telephone interview from his home in Edmonton. “Another 30 to 40 years, there is going to be nothing there to salvage. It doesn’t make any sense to leave it there.”

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